Renewable Energy

The best advice on energy efficiency, solar power, wind energy, living off the grid, and more.

Get the Best Deal with Residential Solar Power Buying Guides

By Sarah Kezer, 123SolarPower

Use solar panel buying guides to ensure that you're getting the best offer and value for your solar power system.


Solar-Energy Incentive Programs are Your Friends

By Simone Garneau, Sunmetrix

Installing solar panels for your home is becoming more and more affordable. In addition to the generous federal investment tax credit of 30%, there are over 900 financial and regulatory incentive programs across the United States. Combined with falling solar costs and rising electricity prices, these programs are helping to make solar panels an investment that can save you money in the long run.


Ground-Mounted Solar Panels: Top 3 Things You Need to Know

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

When homeowners think of installing a solar energy system on their home, rooftop solar is probably the first thing to come to mind. What many homeowners don’t realize is that installing ground-mounted solar panels is both easy and cost-effective.


How Big Data is Becoming More Important to the Energy Industry

By Kayla Matthews

As the energy industry evolves, so does big data. Big data is probably best known for tracking people’s behaviors, purchases and viewpoints, but it can have many other applications. Now the energy sector is tapping into the resources big data has to offer. From renewable energy to oil, gas and coal, this data science can help many companies maximize profits, reduce costs and even lower risk.


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New Device Could Make Solar Cheaper, More Efficient

By Kayla Matthews

A seemingly simple, light-trapping prism could revolutionize the future of solar power. The glass prism, which maximizes the amount of energy it can derive from sunlight, contains a 28-square centimeter, four-junction miniature module that works by utilizing a hybrid receiver designed to convert electricity from each sunbeam more than other devices.


Is Solar Really Worth It?

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

Every solar company has a variation of the same sales pitch, but whether solar is a smart long-term investment for you depends on a few major factors. Before you buy into the hype, use this simple guide to cut through the sales jargon.


The Dramatic Drop in Solar-Energy Prices

By Sarah Kezer, 123SolarPower

The price of solar energy is at an all-time low, according to a recent report. The average installed price of photovoltaic (PV) devices has fallen by more than 50 percent since 2009, making the initial investment cost of system installations feasible for a much wider range of homeowners and businesses.


Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Switching to Solar Energy

By Simone Garneau, Sunmetrix

Making the switch to solar energy for your home is a big decision. It pays to spend a little time and effort researching your solar options, whether it be how to finance your system, deciding which installer to hire or which size system to install. Avoiding the most common mistakes will help you through the process so that you can make the most of your investment.




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